UN allocates $41 million to boost aid operations in nine under-funded crises

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today allocated some $41 million in emergency funding to boost humanitarian operations in nine countries where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease, and conflict.

UN crisis relief fund looks to multi-year commitments for sustainability

Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which aims to save scores of thousands of lives by providing virtually immediate financing in sudden-onset crises, like earthquakes or hurricanes, or for ongoing but neglected emergencies.

UN crisis relief fund raises record $424 million in pledges as needs mount

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) raised a record $424 million at its annual pledging session today as top officials warned of rising needs in 2010 for one of the world’s leading tools in disaster response, whether for sudden-onset crises such as earthquakes or ongoing but neglected emergencies.

Ban announces seven new members of advisory group of UN emergency fund

A Finnish humanitarian official and the founder of a Polish non-governmental organization (NGO) are among the seven new members of the group of advisers, announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, for the United Nations emergency relief fund.

Aid for health crises from UN emergency fund tops $100 million

Funding for health aid from the United Nations emergency relief fund, which was set up to speed assistance to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has passed the $100 million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Qatar gives $40 million, mostly targeted at Gaza, to boost UN humanitarian relief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his appreciation for a $40 million donation from Qatar to aid United Nations emergency relief and recovery efforts around the world.

UN emergency response fund this year reaches its $450 million target for first time

The United Nations emergency relief fund, set up to speed response to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has reached its $450 million annual funding target for the first time, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today.

Top UN official upbeat as many Member States commit to emergency relief fund

The United Nations humanitarian chief announced today that around $380 million was pledged to its emergency relief fund that can be quickly accessed by the world body, potentially saving thousands of lives when responding to disasters.

UN relief fund launches annual pledging session in face of growing needs

The $500-million United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today launched its annual pledging conference, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning that the financial crisis, climate change and population growth are likely to increase demands for relief aid.

$1 billion disbursed so far by UN emergency fund to help most vulnerable

Disbursements by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for humanitarian aid worldwide topped the $1 billion mark this week when more than $200,000 was disbursed to feed women and children in Tajikistan, which is suffering from food insecurity and a poor harvest.